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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much do plumbers charge per hour?

Depending on the service you need (unclogging a drain, fixing a pipe, installing new pipes, etc.), plumbers charge anywhere from $45-$165 per hour. Plumbers often operate on a fixed rate model, too. Some won’t charge hourly rates because the variables involved in their work makes it less practical to do so. 

Plumbers will scope out the work, calculate the cost of parts, and roll it together with other fees to give you an estimate for the job. They may even offer standard flat rates for things like installing a toilet or a sink. Reach out to plumbers near you to get an accurate cost estimate for your project or repair.

Does a plumber need to enter my home?

A plumber will need to enter your home to fix plumbing issues like dripping faucets, clogged sinks or toilets and leaky pipes. They might not need to come into your home if the faulty appliance is located outdoors or in the garage. Before you begin the project, contact plumbers near you to find out they will need to enter your home.  

How long is a water heater supposed to last?

Your water heater is an essential part of your home, heating water for showers, dishwashing, laundry and more. On average, a traditional water heater will last 8-12 years. The general consensus is that it’s better to replace your water heater with a new one than to repair one that’s 10 years old or more. Older models are less energy-efficient and thus more costly to run than newer models with better technology. Here are some indicators of when it may be time to replace an old water heater instead of repairing it:

  • Leaks: If leaking is not caused by loose connections, the water may be seeping out through slight fractures in the metal of the tank that have formed over time.
  • Strange noises: Clanking, rumbling and other noises can mean that sediment has formed on the base of your tank, contributing to fissures leaks, and inefficiency.
  • Age: If it’s more than 10 years old, it’s probably time to replace.
  • Discolored or rusty water: Have a pro check it out; if the problem isn’t resolved by draining and cleaning, you’ll want to replace the heater.
  • Lack of hot water: Inconsistent heating and hot water supply that runs out too quickly likely means it’s time for a new unit.

What happens when a water pipe bursts?

When a pipe bursts, the water can cause indoor flooding and damage your home. If the pipe is in an accessible location, you will likely notice puddles of water right away. However, if the pipe is underground or behind a wall, it may cause reduced water pressure, a sulfur smell or discolored water. All of this can cause significant (and expensive) damage, which is why you should always contact a plumber near you if you suspect your pipes are leaking.

Can a leaking pipe burst?

Yes. A leak in your pipe can build up pressure and wear through the material. Left unchecked, this pressure can cause the pipe to burst. This is why it’s so important to fix your pipes and contact a plumber as soon as you notice a leak — no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. 

Smaller leaks are easier and inexpensive to fix, saving you time and money in the long run. In addition, many insurance policies will not cover water damage for pipes that burst due to gradual leaks.

What do you do if you have a burst pipe?

First, switch off the water supply to reduce the water damage. You should also turn off the electricity for the part of your home that has sustained the leak, as it can be extremely dangerous if the water comes into contact with an electrical socket. Next, drain the remaining water from your faucets so it doesn’t freeze inside the pipes. 

Once you’ve done all of this, search for qualified plumbers in your area and ask them to provide you with a quote. 

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a plumber during the COVID-19 pandemic?

If possible, it’s best to set up a virtual consultation or phone call with a plumber near during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can send a message to a professional plumber near you and ask if they are available to video chat or have a phone call. Use that time to discuss the work that needs to be done. Make sure to ask any questions you have about the project. And lastly, ask the plumber how they handle payments and whether they have any specific safety precautions in place to comply with social distancing. 

What are the signs of a burst pipe?

If your water pressure has suddenly dropped or your sink and toilet have unexpectedly started clogging, you may have a burst pipe. Other tell-tale signs include watermarks on the wall of your bathroom or laundry room, drips or puddles in your home or basement, or water from your faucets that have suddenly turned brown. You may also notice a strange rotten-egg smell or the sound of gurgling water in your home.

If you notice any of these signs, contact a plumber near you to fix your pipes immediately.

Does insurance cover a broken pipe?

Sudden water damage may be included under most homeowners’ insurance policies, but it’s typically not covered if the damage could have been avoided with proper maintenance.

For example, if a pipe in your laundry room suddenly bursts and causes damage to the flooring and walls, that is usually covered by insurance. But if a pipe under your sink has been leaking for months and causes your wood floors to rot, your policy won’t cover that damage.

Always double-check with your insurance agent (or another expert)  to see what your policy covers.

How much does it cost to repair a broken pipe?

The national average cost to repair broken pipes ranges from $120 to $170. Prices can vary depending on the type of damage, whether the pipe is easily accessible, the materials needed and where the pipe is located. For example, an exposed pipe under the sink will likely cost much less than a pipeline in your yard that requires digging. 

Your overall cost will also depend on the hourly rate of the contractor. Most plumbers charge between $60 and $65 per hour for standard pipe repair, and up to $95 per hour for complex plumbing work. 

Contact the best pipe repairers in your area to find out how much it will cost to fix your pipe(s). 

To learn more about pricing factors, read “How much does pipe repair cost?

Reviews for Decatur plumbers
Sophia S.
Great experience overall! We totally recommend Plumbing at its Best.
Plumbing at its BestPlumbing at its Best
Crest P.
Georgia's rooter took care of my plumbing needs within an HR os my request. They were very professional and affordable. Their quality of service is a 10 out of 10. I highly recommend their them for all your plumbing needs
Georgia Rooter Services LLCGeorgia Rooter Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Victor did a great job of plumbing my new bathroom. He does great work, explains what needs to be done and leaves an area as clean as when he arrived. I will be using Victor for my future plumbing projects.
Victor PenaVictor Pena
Patrice M.
Excellent communication about the plumbing problems and how to fix. Will definitely use again.
Danny RobertsDanny Roberts
Justin S.
Great guy, worked with me to find a good solution to a unique plumbing issue!
Miguel MendezMiguel Mendez
Mimi B.
The guys were so nice and professional. They fixed our issues with our bathroom sink plumbing and cleaned up well. They had to reposition our plumbing because we replaced our vanities. Really happy with their work and would hire again.
The Neighborhood PlumberThe Neighborhood Plumber
Sruti k.
ZAD's plumbing was excellent and solved my shower problem in just 15 minutes- professional and helpful!
ZAD PlumbingZAD Plumbing
Thumbtack Customer
Bathroom sink reattached and new trap installed. Gottaleak Plumbing was friendly, on time, and very efficient
Gottaleak PlumbingGottaleak Plumbing
Derek M.
Great company with top notch workmanship. I highly recommend this company for any of your plumbing needs.
U.S. Water and Sewer ManagementU.S. Water and Sewer Management
Patricia C.
Excellent work. Went above and beyond to get the job done. I definitely recommend Will for any plumbing issues.
Plumbing at its BestPlumbing at its Best
Tonya C.
Straight Pipe Plumbing was punctual and very professional. He diagnosed the problem and fixed the problem!! I will use them again!
Straight Pipe PlumbingStraight Pipe Plumbing
Jane Z.
This was my first use of Thumbtack. The questions that helped me describe my plumbing problem and urgency of need were very well organized and easy to understand. (Thank you, Thumbtack.) Gregory's Plumbing responded by phone in less than an hour. Gregory and his assistant Mike came to my home within 24 hours of my call. He listened well to my description of the history of the plumbing problem, diagnosed it accurately, and they completed the work in about 60 minutes. They cleaned up the workspace before leaving. The rate that I was charged was reasonable. Highly recommended.
Gregory’s Plum Tech QandQ Enterprises LLCGregory’s Plum Tech QandQ Enterprises LLC
Barbara T.
I purchased my home in June and the first water bill was in excess of $1100.00. After consulting a variety of plumbing companies, I decided to hire Plumb Masters of Atlanta. I am extremely pleased with the outcome. Andrew installed a new water line from the meter to my home and did so in such a professional manner. Andrew’s work is meticulous and professional and his work ethic is beyond reproach. I will definitely recommend Plumb Masters of Atlanta to anyone who needs a plumber, not just a regular plumber, but an exceptional one! Andrew’s work speaks volumes.
Plumb Masters of AtlantaPlumb Masters of Atlanta
Jermaine F.
Thanks for your prompt service and Flexibility to fix other items. I will definitely call you again for future plumbing needs!
Pearson PlumbingPearson Plumbing
Akilah B.
Jeff was on point and took care of my plumbing needs fast. He was a delight to work with and I will recommend him to family and friends
Jeff's PlumbingJeff's Plumbing
Kristina K.
Excellent job and Kirby squeezed me in the very next morning! Overall, very satisfied with the job. Will be calling him for any future plumbing needs.
HONEST CareHONEST Care
Ryan B.
They were on time and gave me honest opinions and did great work. I would recommend the Neighborhood Plumber to anyone looking for plumbing work.
The Neighborhood PlumberThe Neighborhood Plumber
Holly H.
Excellent work. Replaced garbage disposal and unclogged kitchen sink for me. Work was scheduled and done promptly. Will call back for future plumbing needs.
Genesis Home ServicesGenesis Home Services
Kate R.
Fantastic service- couldn't be more impressed. Work was don't quickly and diligently and pricing was very fair. My first port of call for any plumbing needs.
The Neighborhood PlumberThe Neighborhood Plumber
Sharon P.
I can't tell you how many plumbers I went through to fix my plumbing issues. Diamond Plumbing came in, diagnosed, and fixed the issue right away. He was professional, took his time explaining every step. And I found his prices very affordable. I would definitely use him again and have already recommended him to family members.
Diamond plumblingDiamond plumbling
Irene W.
Miles with Atlanta Plumbing was the first to respond to my request he came out to survey and give an estimate for the project, he return the next day on a Sunday. He was very professional in his work and his quality of work was the best. The pricing was definitely one I could live with. Thanks a gain Miles and I will definitely refer your company to anyone who is looking for great plumbing work.
Atlanta Drain CompanyAtlanta Drain Company
Ramon R.
Jay arrived on time as we discussed and was very professional. I am very satisfied with this work (toilet installation). I would definitely use Ransburg Plumbing again.
Ransburg Plumbing LLC/HandymanRansburg Plumbing LLC/Handyman
Hannah F.
We had a leak in our sink pipes, and Premium Plumbing was able to schedule someone to come out within a day or so. They were easy to work with and fixed the issue quickly!
Premium Plumbing and SepticPremium Plumbing and Septic
William C.
Shannon was great. He did a good job figuring out where my leak was. If I have any other plumbing issues I would hire him again.
Kingdom Plumbing, LLCKingdom Plumbing, LLC
Veronica W.
E & R Plumbing did an outstanding job in repairing my toilets. Not only was he prompt and professional, but very cost effective as well. I definitely will be contacting him again should the need arise!
E & R PlumbingE & R Plumbing
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